Archive | September 28, 2019

Thousands of #cattle dead due to #drought in #Maule, #Chile

Livestock Alert

Even worse in 60 years, it is wreaking havoc in the central zone of Chile, the losses in the agricultural sector are considerable, spring and summer could further exacerbate this situation.

According to estimates released by El Mercurio, some 10,000 animals have died among the regions of Coquimbo al Maule. Among these, Valparaíso would be the most affected, as El Mercurio pointed out to the Agriculture seremi, Humberto Lepe, 30% of the dead animals are cattle and 70% goats and sheep.

From the Ministry of Agriculture recognize that the Valparaíso Region is the most affected. “ We have 2,500 very complicated farmers and approximately 50 thousand affected animals”

In the Coquimbo Region as long as they move the cattle to the San Juan Argentina mountain range, to look for some food, while in the O’Higgins Region the farmers will have only one third of the usual water flow.

The situation is serious since in the Coquimbo Region the loss of livestock mass exceeds 50%, while in the Valparaíso Region the problem is affecting even bees. The hives are dying because there are no flowers anymore.

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200 #sheep killed by #lightning in #Rohru, #India

Shimla : Lightning killed at least 200 sheep in Himachal Pradesh’s Rohru area on Friday

The incident took place in the Chohara region in the Kayath Thatch meadows in Sandashi panchayat.

The shepherds were camping in the open when lightning struck them. They have asked the government to be compensated in some way for the loss.

The state has been experiencing dry weather in most parts while some areas have had thundershowers.

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Thousands of dead #fish wash up on a beach in #CountyDonegal, #Ireland

Fish Kill Alert

Thousands of small fish have been found washed up on a beach in County Donegal.

The fish were discovered at Downings beach on Saturday morning and the cause, so far, is a mystery.

A holidaymaker told BBC News NI she was shocked to find the fish during a morning walk.

“The lifeguard said he thought the high tide had washed them onto the beach, but no one has ever seen anything like it before,” Amanda Meehan said.

Various possible causes have been suggested to BBC News NI including the tide and rough weather.

A storm overnight caused heavy rain and strong winds and waves, but that in itself is not unusual for Ireland’s north west coast.

Others have claimed it is result of a red tide – a toxic microscopic algae that kills marine life. In 2012, it caused hundreds of dead fish to wash in Counties Donegal, Kerry and Cork.

One local man said fishermen in the area reported a pod of dolphins in the bay in recent days and he believes the fish were trying to escape from the dolphins.

He said the fish that washed up on Saturday morning all appear to be of the same species, which could discount the red tide theory.

Ms Meehan, from Londonderry, regularly stays in a caravan in the area and said she’s walked along the beach every morning during her stay.

“This morning, it was just really bizarre. There were thousands of fish spread right across the beach.

“There were a few fish up near the sand dunes, which we thought was a bit strange anyway, but then, when we got onto the beach, we saw the rest of them.

“The whole beach is covered and nobody really knows why this happened.”

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60 dead #birds found ‘due to disease’ in #Weymouth and #Portland, #UK

Bird Alert

AT LEAST 60 herring gulls have been reported dead across Weymouth and Portland following a disease outbreak.

It is understood that the birds have most likely been dying due to a suspected outbreak of avian botulism.

According to the government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency, avian botulism is a paralytic and often fatal disease caused by ingestion of toxin produced by bacteria found in rotting plant and animal material.

These outbreaks are frequent in this country but are more common during hot weather and can last for weeks, resulting in several hundreds of bird deaths.

Many of the dead gulls have been found in the swannery at Radipole Lake, near to the The Gurkha restaurant in Weymouth, where there is a build up of green algae – a possible source of the outbreak.

Algae blooms are said to occur naturally in hot weather and the swannery has been affected in previous years.

Bimlashar Gurung, manager of The Gurkha restaurant, said it is starting to affect her business: “Everyone is saying it is our fault but there is nothing we can do.

“I clean up the litter and all the rubbish that everyone leaves, sometimes when our bin is full I take it home myself, but we have been told that we are not allowed to touch the dead birds.

“Customers complain that it is hot inside because of the weather but we can’t open the window because of the smell from the water and people don’t want to sit outside anymore in the summer because they can see the dead birds.

“This is supposed to be our peak season and it is costing us money that the council is not cleaning this up. There is one dead bird that has been there for a week. I’m not happy with the council and I’m really upset. They need to take action.”

She added: “We have been here 14 years and every summer it’s a problem. Last week we took down four or five dead birds off the roof.”

Although the area around The Gurkha restaurant is not part of the RSPB Radipole Lake nature reserve, staff there have tried to help find a solution to the problem.

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2 #whales found dead on a beach in #Bahia, #Salvador, #Brazil

31.08.19 Dead Whales In Brazil

Two yubarta whales died in less than 24 hours on the coast of the Brazilian city of Salvador, capital of the northeastern state of Bahia and whose coasts are visited at this time of the year by the giant mammals to reproduce.

A whale of the Yubarta species almost 15 meters long and 39 tons in weight died after running aground on a beach in the Coutos neighborhood , on the outskirts of Salvador.

Although the giant animal was found alive early in the day, it died a few hours later despite the efforts of several inhabitants of the area who did not stop bathing it with water to keep it alive.

Another of these gigantic mammals – also known as humpback whales – also died stranded on a nearby beach , just eight kilometers away.

Experts of the Ballena Yubarta Institute, an entity that has been accompanying the visit of mammals to the coast of Bahia for 30 years and analyzing the causes of the death of aquatic mammals, told local media that the presence of animals in the region is common at this time of year.

Between July and November the whales leave the cold Antarctica in search of warmer waters to reproduce. During the breeding season, some 20,000 whales pass along the coast of the state of Bahia.

However, this year the giant mammals have also approached other coastlines of the country, such as those in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where their presence has been recorded in photos and videos by surprised bathers.

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250 #sheep killed by #lightning in #Jumla, #Nepal

Lightning killed 250 sheep in Sudi village of Tila Rural Municipality-6 in Jumla district on Thursday night.

Farmers in Sudi were in great sorrow following the incident. Lightning struck the sheep at Bhujawada pasture land following an incessant rainfall.

Rearing sheep has been a major income source for the farmers of Karnali. Mahabir Rawat, a local of the village said that sheep belonging to Nunilal Rawat, Lal Bahadur Rawat, Jayalal Rawat, Banche Rawat and Dev Bahadur Rawat, were killed in lightning.

Snowfalls and lightning have been causing a huge loss to the sheep farmers for the past few years. In winter last year, hundreds of sheep were killed due to heavy snowfall.

Farmer Banshe Rawat said that his family members were in great trouble after they lost their sheep in the lightning “Sheep farming has remained a major source of income to sustain our livelihood and provide education to the children,” he said.

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5 #whales dead after 10 stranded on #MauiBeach, #Hawaii, #USA

This photo provided by Kari Plas shows whales stranded on a beach in Kihei, Hawaii.


FIVE WHALES DIED Thursday after a mass stranding on a beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Ten melon-headed whales were discovered stranded alive Thursday morning on Sugar Beach in the coastal community of Kihei and a calf believed to be part of the social group was found dead hours later about a mile away, David Schofield, the regional marine mammal response coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told the Associated Press.

Veterinarians with NOAA determined that four of the stranded whales were in too poor of a condition to be saved, Jeffrey Walters, NOAA’s wildlife management and conservation branch, said in a statement.

The whales were sedated and euthanized to relieve their suffering, Walters said, according to AP.

The remaining six whales were floated back into the ocean but became stranded again. Schofield said NOAA personnel believed two more of the whales were at risk of dying but eventually made it back out into the sea. One or two of the whales is likely debilitated, he added.

Officials planned to monitor the area Friday in case the whales returned, AP reported.

“The last time we saw them they seemed to be moving in a healthy manner to deeper waters. So it’s our hope that they got their bearings about them and were able to head out to sea,” Schofield said.

Some objected to the way officials handled the situation. Kealoha Pisciotta, a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner, protested against the euthanization of the four whales. She said melon-headed whales are a manifestation of the sea god Kanaloa.

Pisciotta and other volunteers wanted to hold the whales in the water so they could swim away or die dignified deaths, but she said NOAA officials would not let her near the animals.

Walters said that personnel worked with cultural practitioners at the scene and prayed before and after the whales were euthanized. Cultural practitioners performed a death rite for the animals, AP reported. but did not agree to euthanizing the whales.

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Hundreds of dead #fish found in a lake in #WatTylerPark, #Pitsea, #UK

Fish Kill Alert

HUNDREDS of dead fish were seen floating in a lake at a popular park.

Horrified families were left shocked after spotting the distressing scene at Wat Tyler Park, in Pitsea.

The Environment Agency has confirmed reports of dead fish at the park’s lake.

Staff on site told the Echo they could not comment on the issue.

A dog walker spotted the fish and contacted the Echo out of concern.

The mum-of-two who asked to remain anonymous said: “I was out with my dog having a nice little walk around the lake and saw the fish.

“There were hundreds of dead carp all floating on the surface of the water.

“I’ve never seen so many dead fish, it was awful and very distressing.

“I reported it to a ranger at the park.”

She added: “I don’t know what it was that killed them but something obviously isn’t right there in the lake.”

Charlotte Davies, 30, from Billericay added: “We spent the day there yesterday and had a lovely day.

“We didn’t see any dead fish but I think it’s sad and a shame.

“I wouldn’t want my young children to see anything like this as they would find it very upsetting.

“I really hope there isn’t a big problem or issue, we love spending time there; it’s a lovely park.

“We need to look after our wildlife and I hope this is sorted out very soon.”

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “We have been made aware of a number of dead fish in the lake at Wat Tyler Country Park.

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TONS of dead #fish wash up on #MarudhaandapalliLake in #Shoolagiri, #India

Fish Kill Alert

Tonnes of dead fish is being washed up the fringes of Marudhaandapalli Lake here in Shoolagiri, leading to fear of pollution of the lake.

Stench emanates from the pile of dead fish and the local people are upset that the authorities concerned have not attended to the problem.

The fish were spotted by locals when they brought their livestock to the lake. With more dead fish being washed ashore, this caused an alarm.

A resident told The Hindu that no official had come to the spot. The lake was being fed by waters from Kelavarapalli Dam in Hosur.

Amid the stench of dead fish that worsens by the day, theories of sabotage are also being floated by the locals.

The lake was auctioned for fish breeding last year by the revenue officials. However, this was contested by another party that moved the court.

In this backdrop, the dead fish have triggered rumours of poisoning.

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Hundreds of #animals dead from #storms in #Spain

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Several heads of cattle die as a result of lightning in Ávila. / ASAJA

From cows to small birds. The storms of the past few days have claimed the lives of hundreds of animals in Spain, as witnessed by the videos that these days collapse social networks.

The strong storms that fell during the afternoon last Monday left hard images in many municipalities of the Spanish geography. Social networks were filled in a matter of minutes of photographs and videos in which you could see the great ice balls left by hailstorm in different parts of the country, many of them destroying crops and wildlife. In some cases, the size of the balls was similar to that of golf balls, a lethal weapon capable of killing animals of all kinds.

The following video is really bleak. It is recorded in the Jiennense town of La Puerta de Segura and shows how a devastating hail storm ended up with hundreds of birds in the place . As the person recording the video progresses, dozens of birds per meter can be seen killed by the impacts of hail.

On the other hand, livestock deaths due to lightning strikes and stream overflows must also be regretted. This is the case, for example, of Ávila, where ASAJA has requested the support of all administrations to deal with the large damages that it now has to face after the storms.

In this province, ranchers from towns such as Villafranca de la Sierra or Santa María de los Caballeros have seen some of their cattle die as a result of lightning strikes on their farms.

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